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18 November 2010 | PR 10/176

Enterprising students and graduates receive over £11k in annual business plan awards

winners at the Student Business Plan Competition Awards

Some of the winners at the 2010 Student Business Plan Competition Awards

Loughborough University’s most enterprising graduates were last night (Wednesday 17 November) recognised at the 2010 Student Business Plan Competition Awards.  Around 70 guests gathered for the annual event at the Sir Henry Ford College at the University.  The guest speaker was James Murray Wells, founder of Glasses Direct UK and the youngest ever winner of a Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion.

Ten finalists pitched their business ideas to the judging panel and guests and the winners were revealed by Marina Pickles, Loughborough University Student Enterprise Manager who commented: “Our students and graduates are applying their skills and seeking opportunities to maximise the impact of their work in society and the economy.  Their unique and diverse ventures include all-British fashion brands to international student year books and smart phone applications to fitness campaigns.”  She continued:  “I hope that the recognition and the financial support of the Awards will help the finalists achieve their aims and I wish them all every success in their exciting new ventures.”

Loughborough University Pro Vice Chancellor Enterprise, Professor Phill Dickens, also paid tribute to the finalists, saying:  “The finalists’ achievements reflect the breadth of entrepreneurial talent amongst the University’s students and graduates.  This has been a wonderful celebration of the enterprising culture that is such an integral part of Loughborough University.”

First prize of £3,000 in the Student Business Plan Awards went to Industrial Design and Technology graduate Mark Wane for Sky Shot, an extreme sports helmet with integrated compact camera.  Mark also won the Potter Clarkson prize for Innovation and Intellectual Property Potential worth £500 in professional support.

Second prize of £2,000 went to Graphic Communication graduates Joanne Lloyd and Frances Collins for their advertising agency A Dozen Eggs.  They also won a £1,000 Creative Leicestershire Bursary.

Third prize of £1,000 went to Industrial Design and Technology graduates Toby Treyer-Evans and Laurie Howell for BangBang, their knitwear and clothing that designs and manufactures garments in Britain, using 100% British wool.  BangBang also scooped the £1,000 Harvey Ingram prize for Entrepreneurship and a £1,000 Creative Leicestershire Bursary.

The Gill Cooke Award of £1,000 went to Sport Management finalist Rebecca White for Onesixeight: fitness, an initiative to help 10,000 people get fit before the 2012 London Olympics.

The Santander Universities Award of £500 for Postgraduate Student Enterprise went to Li Li, Hu Xiaoti, Yang Yushi, Wei Huijuan, Chen Xinyue for Yeah Book, a web-based customised graduate yearbook for Chinese university students.

The Santander Universities Award of £500 for Undergraduate Student Enterprise went to Charles Githinji, Matt Elliott, Yaso Ruberu, Selasi Ladzekpo for their student promotions company, Geek Card.

More information on the winners and the finalists including photos to download are available at: www.enterpriselufbra.co.uk

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For all media enquiries contact:

Anna Seddon
Marketing Manager (Enterprise)
Loughborough University
T: 01509 223445
E: A.J.Seddon@lboro.ac.uk 

Notes for editors:

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2010 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

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